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Subject:  Re: When did common man learn to read and write? Date:  1/21/2013  2:35 PM
Author:  jerryab Number:  413946 of 535140

English and German became written languages in about 800 AD. Gutenberg's printing press (1436) must have had an audience in mind.

Govt and the church--for obvious reasons.
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